I've been using heavy top skinny bottom strings for a while now (10-52) because I play a lot of metal and rock, and people told me heavier strings were better for a heavy sound. I did notice a bit of a difference.
But last time I changed strings I put on 10-46 (standards gauge) instead, and this actually allowed me to lower my action a bit. Because with the thicker strings, I had to raise it to prevent buzzing. So now I'm thinking that I can't really hear too much of a difference, and being able to lower my action actually allows me to play a bit faster. So I'm thinking perhaps this is more important than having a slightly heavier sound?
Have you guys noticed a real difference when using heavier gauges? Because I can still get a nice chunky, heavy sound with 46's. Another thing to consider is if I even need to worry about the fret buzz when playing through my amp, because I'm not sure if I even notice it.
Any input would be appreciated. Thanks!